One Cool Thing: Environmental DNA

One Cool Thing: Environmental DNA

UNESCO has launched a new program to collect, analyze, and monitor environmental DNA (AKA eDNA) to better understand biodiversity at its marine World Heritage sites. Scientists will collect genetic material from fish cells, mucus, and waste across multiple locations along with eDNA from soil, water, and air.   The two-year project will help experts assess […]

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New Forensics and Captive Breeding Are Saving Species

New Forensics and Captive Breeding Are Saving Species

Armed with the forensic tools of crime-solving detectives, biologists are now using environmental DNA, or eDNA, to keep tabs on elusive or endangered species that are nearly impossible to monitor with traditional methods. Scientists have used these techniques to monitor imperiled species such as Vietnamese crocodile lizardsAustralian sea lionsSwedish pool frogs, and Canada lynxes.

Why This Matters:  Scientists believe it will take drastic action to stop the world from losing more than a million species in the next decade.

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